Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition
The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.
The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.
See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.
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The Role of Ideas
What Is an Electoral System?
Individual Group or Class?
Politics as Anthropology
Politics and the Study of Politics
FROM THE REPUBLIC TO THE LIBERAL REPUBLIC HISTORY AND IDEAS
Feudal Society the Medieval Era
Distrust of Democracy
Whos In and Whos
The Judiciary as a Branch of Government
Type of Government
Majority Minority or Coalition
The GovernmentFormation Process
The Conclusion of a Government and Its Implications
Size and Structure
Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America
DIVIDING THE STATE FEDERALISM AND OTHER OPTIONS
Components of Federalism
Criteria for Evaluating Electoral Systems
Electoral Systems Considered
Two Theories about Public Policy
Types of Policy
THE RULE OF LAW IN PRACTICE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
The Legislative Process
Classic Liberalism and Laissezfaire
The Reform of Market Capitalism
The Welfare State